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Self-Seeding Perennials

Perennials: Thriving Flower Gardens in Every Type of Light (Hobble Creek Press, 2018) by Nedra Secrist, is a useful guide for both beginning and expert gardeners alike. Secrist filled the pages with a wide variety of flowers to choose from. Find the perennials that will best fill your beds. ...

Growing My Self-Sufficient Diet with Perennials

Wild garlic (background) with trout leaf (foreground) Photo by Jo deVries I am so happy that we’ve already enjoyed over a month of spring weather here in Ontario, Canada. The chickens are doing well, and I’ve just been blessed with my third hatch of chicks (and one awesome miracle! See next ...

Edible Landscaping

It started innocuously enough, when a small promotional brochure announcing something called Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape — Naturally quietly wormed its way, through mounds of unread material, to the top of an unorganized staffer's desk. "Gee," that unsuspecting staffer ...

Growing, Propagating and Using Aloe Vera

If you only have a little space in your garden, or perhaps even just a balcony or a sunny windowsill, you should definitely try growing some Aloe vera. Easy to care for, aesthetically pleasing, and very useful, these plants have been a fixture in hot climate gardens for a long time. Aloe vera ...

Growing Asparagus from Seed

 Home-grown 'Purple Passion' asparagus emerging from the ground.It’s a common misconception in the home gardening arena that asparagus is a crop that should never be started from seed. I am not sure when this became the standard dogma, but it is far from the actual truth. Asparagus is a ...

10 Reasons You Need Tasslerue in Your Garden

 1. You love the rare and unusual plants. 2. You want to grow plants that none of your friends have ever even heard of. 3. You want to be the envy of all your neighbors. 4. You don't have the time or desire to baby or pamper plants. 5. You have a small amount of shade or dappled sunlight. 6. ...

Plant Pest-Proof, Perennial Bloodroot in Your Garden

 Yes, the commonly used name for our beloved, early spring, native wildflower Sanguinaria canadensis is "bloodroot." This makes perfect sense, as a break in the surface of the plant, especially the roots, reveals a reddish, bloodlike sap. Bloodroot was once used as a dye and as an herbal ...

Planning a Perennial Shade Garden, Part 2: Unique Shade Perennials

Unique Shade Perennials In part one of planning a perennial shade garden we discussed where your new shade garden should be, preparing the planting bed and your zone and shade conditions. Now for the fun part- selecting the plants. Whatever your shade requirement, there is a plant. Instead of ...

Midwest Perennial Vegetable Garden

If you are someone that doesn’t want to have to plant every year to have home grown fruits and vegetables, grow perennials! Believe it or not, perennial vegetables do exist. After you plant a perennial, it comes back year after year with no effort.There is a long list of perennial ...

Thoughts of Spring Begin to Stir

Yes, it is still winter, undeniably.  Despite these tremendous thaws and the lack of deep snow, Jack Frost is still out-and-about.  Short days and cold temperatures continue to dominate.  And yet…this latest thaw laid bare patches of ground and freed the pungent smell of moist dirt.  And ...